asad: living in an abandoned storefront in beirut, lebanon / by Maranie Staab

asad nestles into the lap of his father as i listen the story of his family. we sat in the abandoned storefront of an old restaurant outside of beruit called “good breakfast”. the family has called the spot "home" for the past 3 years since fleeing homs, syria. asad is one of 10 people sharing the space — one that is not bigger than what most of us might consider the appropriate size of a living room or the like. the family left syria and arrived to lebanon illegally; this means that they have no papers. thus, they are unable to work and live in constant fear of being discovered and potentially arrested.